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Term scattering more of a general process

  1. Oct 14, 2013 #1
    term “scattering” more of a general process

    Is the term “scattering” more of a general process which incorporates the linear effects of reflection, refraction and diffraction?
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  3. Oct 15, 2013 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Depends on the context.
  4. Oct 15, 2013 #3
    Reflection, refraction, and diffraction don't happen in a homogeneous medium. Scattering does.
  5. Oct 19, 2013 #4

    Claude Bile

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    In short, Yes.

    - The "reflected" wave is referred to as the "scattered" wave.
    - The "refracted" wave is referred to as the "internal" wave.

    The scattered and internal fields are calculated by applying the boundary conditions at the particle interface.

    Diffraction occurs as part-and-parcel of the shape of the scatterer. For example, if the scatterer is spherically symmetric (Mie scattering), the scattered wave will be spherically symmetric as well.

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